The African Mission Project team of the Parish Council got together on Saturday 12th August 2017 for dinner at the Red Lion Pub in High Barnet. Special guest was Father Tom Murphy, an American Jesuit Priest from Seattle, Washing, USA who is here on a 2-month research trip and staying at the presbytery. We shall miss him when he leaves at the end of the month.
This year’s Flower Festival was held at the Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church. Our very own Frances Phillips was invited to do a floral arrangement for St. Edward which was on display over the weekend of 1st and 2nd July 2017.
On Saturday 1st July, we had our last event prior to our Church Hall going into its 1st phase of renovations. The Barbeque was organised by our Spanish speaking parishioners (Latin Americans & Spanish) and the night was a great success. We had a raffle draw with 3 adult and 3 children winners, entertainment by professional Latin American dancers and the evening ended with parishioners doing Latin American dances such as the Macarena.
RCIA Conclusion Celebration was held on 31st May 2017 in the church hall. Those who attended were the instructors, Joan How and Deacon Anthony Clark, Father Tony Convery, Father Kevin Ryan, Godparents, Faithsharers and the Catechumens and Candidates who were baptised, confirmed and took their first Holy Communion over the Easter Vigil. Unfortunately not all the Catechumens and Candidates attended due to prior engagements.
Flores de Mayo is a Catholic Festival held in the Philipines in the month of May to honour Our Lady. We held our own ‘Flores de Mayo’ on 7th May 2017 with a Mass and followed by a procession, children’s pageant, cultural dances and Filipino lunch in our Church Hall. Many thanks to the Filipino Congregation for their hard work in putting this all together, It was a superb event enjoyed by all. Photos courtesy of John Hoshimi and Jyoti Ramchand.
A Pilgrimage to Lisieux was organized and led by Deacon Anthony Clark of our Church from April 24th-28th. There were parishioners from neighbouring churches but majority from St. Edward. There were 3 priests who went on this pilgrimage as well – Father John Helm (our retired Priest), Father Kevin O’Shea (retired Parish Priest of Mill Hill, a Vincentian Priest) who was the pilgrimage chaplain and lastly Father Carlo Bonelli (a Consolata Father). While in Lisieux they stayed at the Ermitage which is a pilgrimage centre next to the Carmel Convent where St. Therese lived and died. From London they travelled by coach via the Euro Tunnel and the coach stayed with them throughout their stay. They went to the Carmel Convent, also to the huge Basilica at the top of the town built for St. Therese and to Les Buissonets, the house where she grew up. Some took an afternoon excursion to Bayeux to see the tapestry about the Norman Conquest. The biggest excursion began with a visit to pray at the church where Father Jacques Hamel was martyred a year ago by Islamist extremists when they cut his throat, in the small town near Rouen called Etienne du Rouvray. They visited the Cathedral and later went to Honfleur to see the beautiful seaside town. Everyone had a great time and are hoping for another trip to be organised.
Easter shared lunch was held on Easter Sunday 16th April 2017 in the Church Hall with an unexpected larger turn out to last year. Many thanks to the parishioners for sharing their wonderful dishes with all. The afternoon ended with a birthday celebration for John Hoshimi. Photos courtesy of John Hoshimi, Jyoti Ramchand & Me-Ann Tapleras.
Easter Vigil 15th April 2017 with the Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion of new catechumens and candidates. Photos courtesy of John Hoshimi.